Senior Financial Accountant

Essex County Council
Chelmsford, UK
17 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Essex County Council is one the largest and most complex local authorities in the UK, with a turnover of £2bn. We are a Council with high ambitions, and we pride ourselves of being innovative, dynamic and entrepreneurial.

Our finance function is at the heart of our organisation, helping the Council to achieve its ambitions against a challenging financial backdrop through the provision of financial advice and information that supports decision making, enables the Council to balance its budget and ensure that external financial reporting is delivered to the highest standards and in line with statutory deadlines.

The complex and ambitious nature of the Council means that we need a highly skilled and diverse Finance function to support it. We are very focussed on our people and their professional development; we are a continuing professional development accredited employer for CIPFA, ACCA, CIMA and AAT and we operate an annual technical and professional training programme too, to ensure our people possess skills that remain fit for purpose.

Our finance function includes a team of expert financial accountants, whose responsibilities include delivery of the Council's statutory financial reporting requirements, management of the Council's investment and borrowing activities and advising on and promoting compliance with relevant accounting standards, codes of practice and government regulations (including those related to UK taxes and duties).

As a Senior Financial Accountant you will report to the Chief Accountant and will be responsible for the provision of expert technical advice and practical interpretation consistent with relevant accounting standards, CIPFA Codes of Practice and government regulations (including those related to UK taxes and duties) to promote best professional practice and an effective internal controls framework.

In addition, you will lead aspects of the Council's financial accounting (closure of accounts) programme and related activity, coordinating input by a team of finance professionals to ensure that relevant standards and regulations are fully complied with.

You will also support the establishment and maintenance of a framework of accounting policies and internal financial controls and provide practical advice and interpretation consistent with these policies and controls to ensure the highest standards of financial governance in all of the Council's decision making and operations.

You will be expected to operate at a strategic level, building strong relationships with internal and external partners and being a key and active member of senior manager forums.

  • You will possess a full CCAB qualification, with a minimum 2 years post qualification experience.
  • You will have knowledge and understanding of government regulations (including those related to taxes and duties), accounting standards and codes of practice and practical experience of applying these in a large organisation - preferably public sector.
  • You will have experience of engaging with and providing high quality technical accounting and taxation advice and support to finance professionals, and non-finance managers.
  • You will have experience of evaluating and advising on the accounting, taxation and financing implications of innovative alternatives to the delivery of large-scale services.
  • You will inspire and motivate staff and colleagues, setting targets and goals for the delivery of services, and will have highly developed inter personal and communication skills.
  • You will possess a strong delivery/performance focus.

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